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Register a death

If someone dies in Havering the death must be registered with us within five days unless a coroner is involved.

Book a death registration appointment

Please only book an appointment if you have collected the medical cause of death certificate or have been advised by the coroner to do so.

If you decide to register at any other register office in England or Wales you need to make a declaration.

To do this you must produce a medical certificate indicating the cause of death. The death certificate will be issued by post and this could cause delay in making the funeral arrangements. Remember, if you make your declaration by post you will have to include the fees for the certificates. We now run an appointment system for death registrations.

Your appointment will be held at:

South Essex Crematorium
Ockendon Road Corbets Tey
RM14 2UY

A Registrar is based here certain days for pre-booked appointments only. The Register Office is not based at the South Essex Crematorium and staff here are unable to help with any questions or booking queries.

If you need to contact the Havering Registration Office please complete the online enquiry form.

If you are unable to obtain access to on line bookings please ring our contact centre on 01708 433481 and follow instructions for death registration.

Who can register a death?

This can be done by

  • a relative of the deceased
  • any adult who was present at the death
  • the person who instructs the undertaker about the funeral

Information we need at the time of registration

From the information you give us we can produce the death certificate. 

You must provide the following:

  • medical certificate of death issued by a doctor, unless a coroneris involved 
  • when and where the death happened 
  • the full name and usual address of the deceased person
  • the person's maiden name in the case of a married woman
  • the deceased person's date and place of birth
  • the deceased person's occupation
  • if the deceased person was a married woman or a widow, her husband's name and occupation
  • whether the person had a pension or allowance from government funds, for example a disability or war pension
  • if the deceased person was married, the date of birth of the surviving widower or widow
  • the deceased's medical card should be handed to the registrar

Do I have to pay for this service?

There is no charge for registering a death.

The Registrar will issue you with the Social Security notification form and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation also referred to as the Green Form free of charge for use by the undertaker.

You may purchase a death certificate for a fee of £4 at the time of registration, payable by debit or credit card. (Credit cards do incur a 1.5% surcharge)

Please note that the fee for copies of a certificate at a later date may vary.

Emergency death registrations

An emergency death registration service is provided on bank holidays between 8am and 10am only.  This service is for people who require a burial in a timely manner (within 24 hours). Please complete and sign this form before contacting the out of hours number and ensure you bring this with you.

You will need to contact the out of hours service by calling 01708 433999.

Tell Us Once

We now offer the Tell Us Once service at Havering. 
Find out more on our Tell Us Once webpage​.